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The International Journal of Obesity doesn’t sound like exciting nightime reading. But ever vigilant, the people over at ARTnews saw an interesting article.

Analysis recently published in a study by Brain and Craig Wasnik shows the the problems of portion control aren’t new. They analyzed 52 different depictions of the Last Supper throught history, ranging from a sixth-century mosaic to a 1996 image of Jesus and the twelve apostles at table.

Their conclusion: Food portions got larger and larger over time. Starting in the Renaissance, artists have tended to supersize the Last Supper.

This trend toward abundance isn’t all that surprising. Those Ruebeneque woman needed lots of calories to maintain their Ruebeneque figures.

(Via: Arts & Letters Daily )

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